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Address: Ayutthaya, Thailand
Description: Considered one of the most imposing ancient Buddhist monasteries, this...
Considered one of the most imposing ancient Buddhist monasteries, this religious site was established by King Prasatthong in 1630 A.D. in homage to his mother.
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Best temple in Ayutthaya

While we weren't impressed by all the other temples we saw, Wat Chaiwattanarm has been the exception. We went in the early evening to enjoy the prefect atmosphere right before... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Kiev, Ukraine
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Kiev, Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

While we weren't impressed by all the other temples we saw, Wat Chaiwattanarm has been the exception. We went in the early evening to enjoy the prefect atmosphere right before sunset. And, yes, it was beautiful!

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Herts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

An easy distance from Bangkok, and so beautiful and serene. This was my favourite ruin, could stare it it for hours, just taking it in.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Although we were mobbed as it was Chinese new year, we still enjoyed a memorable sunset here. It's not so far out of the way and I'd recommend making the trip. I hear you can travel back via the river which would be lovely (depending on the location of your accom.) but we couldn't figure it out at the time.... More 

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George Town, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

The site is majestic, without doubt the most impressive of all the Ayutthaya monasteries and temples. It is on the south side of the Chao Phraya river, quite a treck with a bike in the heat of the midday sun but there are other ways of getting there... like hiring a tuk tuk of course. The cycle was worth it... More 

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Catania, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

The ruins of old Ayutthaya look all pretty much the same, I will give you that. But Wat Chaiwattanarm was by far my favourite. It is a big complex, and it really has a lovely flavor during sunset. Take a tuk tuk since it is outside of Ayutthaya's island.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We stopped by this temple complex for about an hour. Very nicely restored. Lots to see. We went towards sunset when the temple was lit up with early evening light....beautiful. Make sure you see the Buddha head that is surrounded by tree roots - a great photo op. Well worth the time. Make sure you stop and visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

This superbly preserved wat (temple) by the side of the river is in the Cambodian style which contrasts significantly with the majority of other such buildings in Thailand. It is a sizeable site with the best part of an hour being needed to fully appreciate its beauty. On the other side of the river are 2 royal houses which I... More 

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

My favorite of all the temples in Ayutthaya! It's on the river across from the Queen's home. The best time to go is just before sunset to get the best views and photos. I assume sunrise is nice too, but I've not been there that early.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This is an absolutely incredible Wat to visit. We arrived exactly at sunset by boat tour. It was a total highlight of our trip. From the water, the sun was behind the temple and stupas. It could not have been more beautiful at that magic hour. I highly recommend visiting by boat around 5:45pm.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

In a lovely setting by the river with a modern Royal Palace across the river, and with features similar to the Angkor temples in Cambodia, this temple was much more intact than the other buildings we visited in Ayutthaya, so a much more enjoyable place to visit.

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